One of my all time favorite protest signs came from the "Occupy Wall Street" march 5 or 6 years ago: "I'm Carrying This Sign Because I Can't Afford to Buy a Congressman."
Here are some of my favorite signs from yesterday's "March for Our Lives":
congressmen who take bribes end lives (thank you for this one, Gary)
betsy devos is the only thing that should be fired inside a school
want to play soldier? join the army (from VetsVsTheNRA)
teachers will stand up to gunmen, but congress won't stand up to the nra - ban assault rifles
the only thing easier to buy in the U.S. than a gun is the president
i should be writing my college essay, not my will
the second amendment was written when i was deemed 3/5 of a person
i should be reading books not eulogies
my college fund shouldn't pay for my funeral
i should be leaving high school in a cap & gown, not a body bag
my Muslim uncle gets more background checks than a gun
if kids are old enough to be shot, they're old enough to have an opinion about being shot
I'm one of the oldest members of the baby-boom generation - 2 months older than trump and a combat veteran of the war he ducked - and I'm tired of seeing emails knocking today's youth. It was great to see the Parkland shooting survivors - Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg and others - standing up to that domestic terrorist organization, the NRA. Members of congress - primarily republicans - don't stand up; they stand in line to accept their bribes to prevent even background checks from becoming law.
Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank wrote and I agree, "The kids — millennials and those following, Generation Z, born since the mid-1990s and just coming of age — are going to save us from ourselves." I sure hope so. My grandkids lives may depend on it.
Milbank went on to say:
"But the future belongs to these kids, and it is arriving. We are on the cusp of change of a magnitude not seen since the 1960s, at least, and not just on guns but on immigration, race, health care, diplomacy, the role of government and America’s place in the world.
This is a paradox of the Trump era, which every day brings more calamity: a trade war, dramatic debt expansion during an economic boom, tax cuts that expand the gap between rich and poor, the arrival of a dangerous ideologue as national security adviser, a president aligning himself with a hostile foreign power trying to disrupt U.S. democracy with an assist from America’s own Facebook empire, a sprawling criminal inquiry of top presidential advisers, a leader turning Americans against each other by race, gender and religion and attacking the pillars of democratic governance."